Two experts at the Aberdeen lab of Exova, the world’s largest testing group, have received prestigious qualifications.

Metallurgist Jonathan Smuga has been awarded a PhD in Conductively Filled Polycomposites: Manufacture and Testing Processes for EMI shielding effectiveness at Napier University, while welding engineer Ewan Littlejohn has obtained the Welding Institute’s Engineering Technician qualification.

Jonathan, 29 and Ewan, 26 play important roles at the Aberdeen facility, which is regarded as one of Exova’s flagship laboratory for the global oil and gas industry.

Commenting on the pair’s achievements, Paul Johnston, general manager, said: “Our congratulations go to Jonathan and Ewan, who have displayed exceptional dedication to achieve their respective qualifications.

“Their accomplishments reflect Exova’s continuing commitment to enabling our people to grow and develop on personal and professional levels. This forward-thinking strategy enables us to provide first class knowledge and expertise for our clients, while developing industry-leading individuals for the future.”

The recently refurbished Aberdeen laboratory provides tests for material and welding procedure qualifications. Its service offering has expanded following the introduction of elevated tensile testing, crack tip open displacement testing (CTOD) and investment in a scanning electron microscope.

The UKAS-accredited laboratory also incorporates a welding centre which offers support on welding engineering, welding processes, materials and mechanical testing, welder testing and third party certification.

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